Landry, Russo named to Class 1A's top softball squad

Staff Report

Central Catholic placed two members of its squad on the Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association Class 1A All-State squad.

Sophomore Megan Landry made the first-team as a pitcher, while junior Kimberly Russo was a first-team utility selection.

Central Catholic advanced to the state quarterfinals where they fell to eventual state runner-up Archbishop Hannan, 2-1, in 9 innings.

Central Catholic coach Joe Russo said he was proud of his players for making the squad.

“They worked very, very hard,” he said. “They put in the extra work and it paid off for them.”

Landry finished the season with an 18-5 mark on the mound and a 1.59 ERA. She faced 647 batters this year and walked just 27, while striking out 191.

“Megan’s pitching is solid,” Joe Russo said.

At the plate, she batted .352 with 12 doubles and 21 RBIs. She had a .412 on-base percentage.

Russo finished the season with a .444 batting average with four triples, 32 runs and 25 stolen bases as well as 11 RBIs. She had a .496 on-base percentage.

Kimberly Russo, her father said, has the ability to “power slap” and play small ball, Russo said.

“To read those, I think credits her,” Joe Russo said.

First team

P: Maddi Shelton, Hannan; Megan Landry, Central Catholic; Ryann Bizette,

Catholic-PC; Caley Pyles, Cedar Creek

C: Morgan Verette, Merryville

1B: Sydney Finch, Hannan

2B: Katelynn Bellelo, Catholic-PC

SS: Maggie Davidson, Cedar Creek

3B: Meagan Duchesne, Mangham

OF: Lindsay Crowdus, Houma Christian; Nancy Guillot, Ascension Catholic; Jordyn

David, Catholic-PC

UT: Laryn Graves, Montgomery; Kimberly Nilsson, Hannan; Haley Reeves, Oberlin; Kimberly Russo, Central Catholic; Mychal Truxillo, St. Martin’s

Outstanding Player: Kimberly Nilsson, Archbishop Hannan

Coach of the Year: Jay Artall, Westminster Christian

Honorable mention: Nikkie Harbor, Block; Maura Cooper, Block; McCahla Hughes,

Block; Makayla Vercher, Montgomery; Skylar Barnet, South Cameron; Summer

Babin, Merryville; Abby Cook, Oak Grove; Taylor Leger, Westminster Christian; Molly

Fontenot, Opelousas Catholic; Taylor Trahan, Delcambre; Kameryn Fairchild, False River Academy; Jade Fontenot, Westminster Christian; Amelia Pitre, Opelousas Catholic; Mary Terral, Cedar Creek; Taylor Sons, Houma Christian; Morgan Hardie, South Cameron; Ashley Vosburg, False River Academy; Kameryn Theriot, St. John; Taylor Lege, Westminster Christian; Caeli Comb, Westminster Christian; Jessie Brown, St. John.

Courtesy of theadvocate.com

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